When prospective buyers visit Derbyshire, an equestrian community in Columbus, NC, we try to provide them with as much information as possible because we know that they are weighing all of their options and trying to make the best decision when picking a location for their new home.
One of the first decisions prospective buyers have to make is to determine what geographic location they want to be in. They may know that they are interested in living in an equestrian community, but the location of the community can make all the difference.
Of course, we’re big fans of Western North Carolina, but this area doesn’t always work for everyone. They could be looking for something closer to other family members, maybe they desire a slightly different climate or topography, or work could determine their location.
No matter what region of North Carolina buyers are looking at, there are options for equestrian communities across the state. Below are a few of the choices for equestrian communities in North Carolina.
Equestrian Communities and Developments with Equestrian Homesites/Lots and Amenities Listed by Region
Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva, NC
This large 4,400 acre development features golf, an equestrian center, and other amenities for residents. In addition to offering club horses for trail rides, the facility also boards residents’ horses and has access to the 30 miles of community trails.
Bright’s Creek - Mill Spring, NC
In addition to offering a golf course, Bright’s Creek also has a community equestrian facility with a barn, 20 acres of pasture and fifteen miles of riding trails.
The Coves - Collettsville, NC
In addition to golf and a vineyard, The Coves also has Round Mountain Ranch, an 8 stall equine facility with room to expand. They offer boarding at monthly, weekly, and weekend rates and have access to 15 acres of pasture and 25 miles of riding trails.
The Settlement at Thomas Divide - Bryson City, NC
In their Phase 1 offering, Thomas Divide has 33 tracts between 1-3 acres. Many of the sites border the community pastures, and the property features an 8 stall community barn, with room for expansion. There is also a 1.5 acre community trail system.
The Traces - Tryon, NC
The Traces is a smaller equestrian community located in the heart of horse country. Only a few minute’s drive from FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center), the development features homesites that surround a community pasture and equestrian facility.
Walnut Creek Preserve - Lake Lure, NC
This 2,100 property is unique because much of the acreage is protected by a conservation easement. The portion of the property that is available for equestrian homesites is divided into 25 tracts, averaging 20 acres each. There is no community equestrian facility, but property owners have access to 40 miles of trails that weave through Walnut Creek.
Cheval - Mint Hill, NC
Only a short drive from Charlotte, the Joli Cheval Equestrian Community features a total of 34 stalls between their two boarding facilities on a 50 acre privately owned tract. Boarding is available to Cheval residents and the public.
Leatherwood Mountains - Ferguson, NC
One of the oldest equestrian communities in North Carolina, Leatherwood Mountains was created in 1985. Homesites range from 1 to 25 acres. The community equestrian center features 60 stalls for boarding, riding arenas and access to deeded horse trails throughout the community.
Coastal Plain Region
McLendon Hills - West End, NC
Part of a 600 acre property near Pinehurst, McLendon Hills offers 2-5 acre mini farms and other 1-2 acre homesites. The 24 stall equestrian center is open to both the public and McLendon Hill residents. The property features an 8.5 mile community trail system.
Whether you’re looking for a large tract for a private farm or a community that provides horses for trail rides, or anything in between, there is an equestrian community in North Carolina that can suit your needs.